I wanted Grace Doll to be an experience, with the photos – music – the mood of the story being both dark and romantic. The ebook version has links to videos, wonderful photos, and part of the playlist. I’m absolutely crazy about the ebook version.
In print, I couldn’t have those elements available at the readers’ fingertips ( except the photos ) but they’re included in print.
Here’s what’s on my iPod playlist for Grace Doll:
Nightmare — Artie Shaw (So powerful! Soooo creepy! I can see Rufus Solomon and a terrified Grace.)
I’m In Here — Sia
Someone to Watch Over Me ( Jonathan and Rufus Solomon’s dedicated song to Grace–melodic irony at its best!)
Dreaming With A Broken Heart — John Mayer
Translantication – Wenzel Templeton
Winter Love — Jennifer Mardesich (Haunting, moody – love it!)
So Will I — Nik Day (Used in the Grace Doll Happy Ending video link at the end of all ebook versions)
Haunted — Taylor Swift (acoustic)
The September of my Years — Frank Sinatra (Get out the tissues!)
Stardust — Nat King Cole
Breathe Me — Sia
Spotlight — Jennifer Mardesich (More haunting edginess — love it!)
When I listen to a playlist for a book I’m working on, I listen to it 24/7 — this drives my family nuts on the weekends. We’re all in the car going somewhere and they’re like, “This again?”
But listening to the playlist on a constant basis keeps me in a much-needed creative zone.
I can’t help it! It’s one of my author idiosyncrasies.
Everything except, of course, her freedom. So when a powerful movie producer forces an experimental treatment on Grace–one that’s purported to make beauty immortal–she stages her own death to escape him.
With the help of trusted friends, Grace slips into hiding. She’s forever flawless, forever young and forever pursued by her past.
But when a stranger arrives on her doorstep, holding the key to a life she thought she’d left behind, Grace must decide between the safety she’s known… and embracing the role she was born to play.
I write YA books. Whatever my heart desires, I write. I don’t have someone over my shoulder, in some office somewhere telling me what I can and cannot write. Or should and shouldn’t write. I listen to my heart, the center of my muse, and trust my instincts.
I’ve written since junior high school. An only child, I grew up writing big stories about big families. I also write YA under the name of JM Warwick. My hometown of Palos Verdes, California figures in much of my work, as does my current home of Pleasant Grove, Utah and other favorite places. I love to travel.
They say “write what you know” and I do. I am a mother, I have six children, five cats and a huge doberman/dane dog. I have a supportive husband and we’ve been married 25 years. Our lives, though challenging with a handicapped child who has autism, are centered in our family.
My life experiences have worked into all of my novels. Some more heavily than others, but parts of me are in each story. I love stories rich in family drama, where family members overcome obstacles through love and miracles.
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